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    Question When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"

    I want to know when and how to use the following expression and what does actually it meant for:

    What in the Name of God?
    e.g
    What in the name of god is wrong with my Mavic!!!!
    What in the Name of God is Strategic Superiority?
    What in the name of God is going on here?
    What in the name of god happened to the hostess cupcake?

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    Re: When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Zuhair Abbas View Post
    I want to know when and how to use the following expression and what does actually it meant for:

    What in the Name of God?
    e.g
    What in the name of god is wrong with my Mavic!!!!
    What in the Name of God is Strategic Superiority?
    What in the name of God is going on here?
    What in the name of god happened to the hostess cupcake?
    Some speakers use this when they are very surprised about a situation, or when they have no idea about what is happening or what is being talked about. It doesn't really 'mean' anything.

    Some people feel that mentioning the deity in such a way is disrespectful, so you would probably be better not to use this expression.

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    Smile Re: When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"

    Thank You

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    Re: When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
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    Some people feel that mentioning the deity in such a way is disrespectful, so you would probably be better not to use this expression.
    For this reason a number of euphemisms have been used, particularly 'in the name of all that's holy'.

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    Last edited by BobK; 08-Nov-2010 at 11:52. Reason: Typo - in sigbature

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    Re: When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Some speakers use this when they are very surprised about a situation, or when they have no idea about what is happening or what is being talked about. It doesn't really 'mean' anything.

    Some people feel that mentioning the deity in such a way is disrespectful, so you would probably be better not to use this expression.
    A frequently used alternative is What on earth.......?

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    Question Re: When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"

    I guess then the following expressions have also the same meaning:

    What in the world?
    Who in the world?

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    Re: When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"

    Correct.

    What in the world is...
    What on earth is...
    What in Sam Hill is... (I have no idea what, where, or who Sam Hill is)
    For the love of Pete, what is...
    For heaven's sake, what is...
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"


    Quote Originally Posted by Zuhair Abbas View Post
    I guess then the following expressions have also the same meaning:

    What in the world?
    Who in the world?
    ...although they don't mean the same as each other!

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    Re: When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What in Sam Hill is... (I have no idea what, where, or who Sam Hill is)
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    Perhaps a euphemism for hell?

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    Re: When to use and what is the meaning of "What in the Name of God?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Correct.

    What in the world is...
    What on earth is...
    What in Sam Hill is... (I have no idea what, where, or who Sam Hill is)
    For the love of Pete, what is...
    For heaven's sake, what is...
    I don't know how accurate this is, but it's interesting: Sam Hill (euphemism) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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